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'We lost an outstanding young man'

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What started off as a fun night on Old Hickory Lake with friends resulted in the drowning of a beloved Watertown teen.

Kent O. Foster, 17, was swimming with a group of friends after midnight on Monday when he drowned near Misty Cove. Wilson County Sheriff’s Department received the call around 12:30 a.m. and with Wilson Emergency Management Agency, divers were able to locate his body within an hour-and-a-half.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said that they are still investigating to see if any other factors, such as hitting his head on an object below the surface, could have caused the drowning.

“From our investigation, everything we found said he wasn’t a strong swimmer. The water where they were swimming is 8 to 10 feet deep,” Bryan said. “We are waiting on the results of an autopsy.”

Foster was a 2014 graduate of Watertown High School, where he was a member of the Purple Tiger football team and was an American Legion Boys State representative in his junior year. He had planned to continue his education at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville this fall.

"We have lost an outstanding young man, but heaven has gained another angel," said Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings.

"While I suspect all the angels are happy, none will be happier than Kent. I never saw him when he wasn't happy, and he always had a little smile."

Watertown High Principal Jeff Luttrell added that Foster was “a good kid.”

“He was the type of kid you wished all students were like – just an all-around good kid.”

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, at Watertown’s First Baptist Church. For more information on arrangements, see page 5 of Wednesday’s Wilson Post.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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